March 2, 2013

Winery Adventures

Have I mentioned that I've recently become totally into wine? I love having a glass (or two) with dinner. Luke and I visited a local winery this morning (Heritage Vineyards Winery). We've always admired the grapes that were growing in the fields all through Mullica Hill, but never visited this little gem of a shop. 

We left with a Jersey Moscato. It is described as: "Peach-scented and honey-suckle aromas with fresh, sweet flavors of juicy stone fruit, honeydew melon, Fuji apple and ripe pears. This wine is beautifully balanced with crisp acidity and a clean finish." We bought a bottle of Cuvee Blanc as a gift. Cuvee Blanc is a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. It is described as: "Aromas of citrus, melon and rip pineapple; flavors of ripe apple, lemon custard and freshly baked sugar cookies; beautifully balanced acidity focuses a long, rich finish."

The winery is family owned by Bill and Penny Heritage. When we walked in, Penny gave us a warm greeting. The shop contains tables and shelves of wine-related items, such as felted wine bottle cozies, wine racks, and grapeseed lip balm. They also have a variety of foods, such as pastries, cheese, and locally made honey (from one of our other favorite family-owned shops, Fruitwood Orchards). They have a wine tasting bar where you can sample before you purchase. The tasting fee is $5 for samples of 5 different wines that you choose from a list of 18. It was 10am when we arrived so we did not do a tasting. 

An added bonus to this already fantastic place is that they have a cow, sheep, goats and chickens out back! This totally MADE my day!
This is Samson! He is GIGANTIC but so sweet. He LOVES having the top of his head rubbed. 

The goat COULD  NOT get enough attention! The brown sheep kept licking my hand with his/her warm tongue but DID NOT want me to pet him/her.  The other sheep was the same way. 

These chickens made the most lovely chirping sound when I crouched down to talk to them. 

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